Ramanan won the Erlang Prize of the Applied Probability Society of INFORMS in 2006. She was elected as a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 2013, and elected to the 2018 class of fellows of the American Mathematical Society. She gave the 2015 Medallion lecture for the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, on "Infinite-dimensional scaling limits of stochastic networks".
Ramanan is the daughter of Indian algebraic geometer S. Ramanan. She earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 1992. She completed her Ph.D. in applied mathematics at Brown University in 1996. Her dissertation, supervised by Paul Dupuis, was Construction and Large Deviation Analysis of Constrained Processes, with Applications to Communication Networks. After postdoctoral studies at the Technion, she worked at Bell Labs from 1997 to 2002, and as a faculty member in mathematical sciences at Carnegie Mellon University from 2002 to 2009. She returned to Brown as a faculty member in 2010.
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